Degree Programs

MPH Program Requirements

For MPH students, our program offers a certificate focus in Public Health and Humanitarian Assistance. Upon graduation, our students are prepared to work effectively in natural disasters, complex emergencies, and post-conflict settings. Taking a pragmatic, interdisciplinary, and human rights-based approach, the program equips graduates with the skills necessary to gather, analyze, and disseminate knowledge needed to implement health-related programs and systems in humanitarian settings.

Admissions Requirements

  • Students must have at least two years of relevant work experience, preferably abroad. 

Application Deadline: 

December 1st for preferred application deadline and January 15th for final application deadlines.

For more information on requirements for joining the Program on Forced Migration and Health in the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, please see the PHHA certificate page.

MS PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

The MS program is for individuals who have started their careers and designed to be flexible, tailored to the needs of individual students, and specifically intended to augment each student's professional skills and experience. There are 30 credits in total: 7.5 credits of required courses and 22.5 credits of elective courses. This program may be either completed in 9 months over an academic year or part-time over 2-3 years, not to exceed 5 years.

Admissions Requirements

  • Have three of more years' post-bachelor's degree work experience in public health or a related field or a doctoral degree (MD)
  • Have earned a GPA of 3.0 or better in their under-graduate degree and in any subsequent degrees as evidenced by their official transcripts
  • Score at or above the 50th percentile in all sections of the GRE or equivalent (GMAT, MCAT, LSAT or DAT)
  • If required to submit a TOEFL by the School, have scores of at least 100 for the computer-based test, including a minimum of 25 in the writing section

Application Deadline: 

December 1st for preferred application deadline and January 15th for final application deadlines.

For more information on requirements for joining the Program on Forced Migration and Health in the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, please see the PHHA certificate page.

Drph Program Requirements

The Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health (HDPFH) launched a new DrPH in Leadership in Global Health and Humanitarian Systems in Fall 2012. This innovative program combines on-site formal classes, remote learning, and field-based research to produce graduates with the skills, knowledge, and drive to take on leadership roles in the field of global health and humanitarian response. The program structure equips participants with strong research and measurement capacities and supports their practical application to ‘on-the-ground’ realities of humanitarian aid and global health practice. Drawing extensively on the expertise and field engagement of professors from the Heilbrunn Department of Population & Family Health working in the field of global health and humanitarian systems, the curriculum places a particular focus on themes of policy, evidence, and leadership.

Admissions Requirements:

  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.5 in prior graduate study (not necessarily in public health)
  • Several years of work experience in global health, development, humanitarian aid and in a substantial management or leadership role
  • Demonstrated leadership potential and motivation to obtain senior-level positions
  • Combined score of 1000 or score of 50th percentile or greater in the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE or equivalent
  • For international students: TOEFL or IELTS score and a Financial Certificate are required

Application Deadline: December 1st

Apply Online at https://www.mailman.columbia.edu/become-student/apply/process 

For questions please contact: Yana Mayevskaya (ym2547@cumc.columbia.edu)  

Program Courses

Courses offered within the Program on Forced Migration and Health include:

Click on the above courses for detailed course descriptions. Detailed course descriptions can also be found in the Course DirectoryFor more information on courses in the Program on Forced Migration and Health please see the certificate requirements webpage and choose the Public Health and Humanitarian Assistance certificate.

A full list of elective courses for students in this certificate tract can be found here